Police forces, the hotel's security guards, firefighting services and the team in charge of the American president's security simulated possible scenarios which would require removing Obama from the hotel.
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"We conducted an exercise using a huge crane," said Shmulik Levy, a team leader at the firefighting services. "We studied and examined the crane's limitations and abilities. The goal was to create situation requiring a rescue or an emergency event."
Hotel drill (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Huge crane (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
The president's convoy, which is expected to arrive in Israel with two limousines, was simulated in an exercise held Thursday night. Sunday morning will see a drill simulating the helicopters slated to carry the American president from Ben-Gurion Airport to Jerusalem.
Obama's visit, which begins Wednesday, will be secured by thousands of police officers. According to requirements received from the American teams, every single person involved in securing the convoy or serving the president's entourage – including waiters and producers – has undergone security screening.